Montana Outdoors

July 13, 2017

Late summer orchid

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 1:20 pm

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Rattlesnake Plantain ~ Goodyera oblongifolia

I waited for a long time for the flowers on this small orchid to open but it looks as though they are drying up very quickly. This is a record-high temperature summer here.

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

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21 Comments »

  1. Now all you need to complete the picture is a timber rattler.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — July 13, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

    • I’d settle for a Prairie Rattler. As far as I know there are no timer rattlers in Montana. I’ve seen a lot more Rattlesnake Plantain than rattlesnakes, although one did visit me last summer.

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      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2017 @ 1:59 pm

  2. That’s interesting, the flowers look a lot like those on our downy rattlesnake plantain (Goodyera pubescens.) It’s funny though, even though ours are called downy yours actually looks a lot more hairy.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 13, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

    • They are probably very closely related. There’s another species here that’s nearly identical to this one except considerable smaller. Sometimes I think there is a lot of hair-splitting when they create some species.

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      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

  3. Interesting

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    Comment by John Purdy — July 13, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

    • These are not really rare, but not too many people have seen them.

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      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2017 @ 6:49 pm

  4. You’re like a walking wildflower dictionary with illustrations.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 13, 2017 @ 6:55 pm

    • That’s probably because I seldom let a day go by without a hike somewhere, at least a short one. When you’re out that much you encounter a lot of things.

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      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2017 @ 7:01 pm

  5. SUMMER is quite COOL here. Thanks. Great.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — July 13, 2017 @ 7:01 pm

    • Our temperatures, which have been very high, are about to cool down to historical normals again.

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      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

  6. Very nice detail photos! Learn something new on each of your blogs!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — July 13, 2017 @ 7:01 pm

    • Thanks! My little mirrorless camera is going in for repair and so I’ll be using my older D80 for a long while and for it I have two pretty good lenses. There’s a noticeable difference in picture quality.

      There is so much here for someone interested in nature to see and I have such wonderful close and free access to it. I don’t take that for granted either!

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      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2017 @ 7:16 pm

  7. Pretty, too bad the heat is taking a toll.

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    Comment by Candace — July 14, 2017 @ 1:28 pm

    • Yes, but the plants ave seen years like this too and they survive. I would like to be able to enjoy them a little longer though.

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      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

  8. I learnt new again. Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 18, 2017 @ 4:40 am

  9. This one only grows and blooms in late summer after most flowers are through.

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    Comment by montucky — July 18, 2017 @ 7:13 am


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